Stephen Stills: An interesting five-page letter written to a fan, 1972,
Lot 319
Stephen Stills: An interesting five-page letter written to a fan,
1972,
£1,200 - 1,500
US$ 1,900 - 2,400

Lot Details
Rock & Pop Memorabilia
Stephen Stills: An interesting five-page letter written to a fan,
1972,
in black ink on pale blue, personalised airmail stationery, stating, Dear Erica I feel compelled to answer your last letter...This is due largly to compassion, not to be confused with pity, as to your rather bleak situation. Also in a pique of self defense. What you see is not a speed-freak. I am an artist practically consumed in my own work. I have used many kinds of drugs, some enlightening, some totally destructive some religious (for lack of a better word) experience. The motivation is enlightenment, mostly. To escape I get drunk though not that often or simply watch a movie, study a piece of Bach or The Rolling Stones or Robert Johnson...I also read, consuming anything palatable from science fiction to Russian intellectual history. I'm not much of a doper, the wasted energy is irreplacable and my metabolism is such that hallucinogens of the cannabis origin confuse me to the point of vegetation...Paranoia, rampant in me to the point of hysteria a few years ago has dissipated to simple anxiety and willfull self-analysis can combat it most times...I am not Mick Jagger tho' I find him a fascinating character, and cannot bring myself to rely on showbusiness mechanisms to keep myself on top. 2nd best will do. I do it for the sake of the art itself and that haggard look is a body trying to cope with a vivid imagination and an insatiable drive to create - at the same time trying to keep just enough control so as to not end up like Van Gogh or Brian Jones...So what you see is a 28 year old man beginning to understand himself and live with my self induced difficulties...., signed, together with statement of provenance

Footnotes

  • The detailed statement from the vendor confirms that she became a huge fan of Stephen's after hearing '4 + 20'. She was living in Holland and found out that Stephen was living in England at the time. Obtaining the address in an article about him, she wrote to him and received, much to her surprise, a postcard from him in response. Writing to him again she received this frank and revealing letter in early 1972 and met him a few months later when his band, Manassas, appeared in Amsterdam. After a further meeting in early 1973, the vendor moved to England and worked near Guildford, Surrey. Although only some ten miles from where Stephen lived, their paths did not cross again.
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